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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents for an IFEBP Live Event

 

 

On April 29, 2021, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans hosted a live event titled “American Rescue Plan Act: COBRA Premium Assistance Provisions”. Katherine Hesse, a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, and longtime member of the IFEBP, was the speaker. Ms. Hesse has published several articles and presented numerous times on the subject of COBRA. During this presentation, Katherine described the new premium subsidies and the required notices related to it. She also gave the background and basics of COBRA and noted how the American Rescue Plan Act only affects some of COBRA, while the rest remains intact. Ms. Hesse went into detail on the “hot button” COBRA notice issues and gave several tips on how to avoid litigation. She outlines the common allegations, defenses, and rulings in potential class action lawsuits.

 

Ms. Hesse practices primarily in labor, employment and employee benefits law. She serves as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, government, tax-exempt organizations and large Taft-Hartley and governmental trusts. She advises clients on employment and benefits issues, and has litigated employment and benefits cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. She led her team of attorneys to be named the only firm in New England and one of only 11 in the United States to the special ERISA fiduciary litigation panel for one of the world’s largest insurance companies. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation and as Chair of its Government Liaison Committee. Ms. Hesse, a CEBS Compliant ISCEBS Fellow, was inducted into the new ISCEBS Hall of Fame in 2018. She received her B.A. degree from Smith College and her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law.

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Statutory Regulations Released for Interagency Review of Complex Cases

On March 1, 2024, EOHHS and DESE released the long-awaited, final adoption of the regulations governing the Interagency Review of Complex Cases (published as 101 CMR 27.00). These regulations had been anticipated since the Massachusetts Legislature passed “An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health” in August, 2022. The purpose of the law is the establishment of a team that will collaborate on complex cases where there is an urgent need to address a lack of consensus between state agencies about the service needs or placement of an individual. This replaces what was known as the Unified Planning Team, or “UPT”. The co-chairs of the IRT will be the secretary (or a designee) from EOHHS and the commissioner (or a designee) of DESE.

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